The Washington Post

Cornerback (6)

Kendall Fuller, William Jackson III, Benjamin St-juste, Christian Holmes, Tariq Castro-fields, Rachad Wildgoose

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Washington altered this group late, claiming Castro-fields and Wildgoose off waivers to expand the group to six. Why so many? Washington’s base defense is no longer an antiquated 4-3. Now it’s a 4-2-5, and the team will play most of its snaps in subpackage­s featuring an extra defensive back.

Many of Washington’s defensive backs can play two, if not three, positions in the secondary, giving coordinato­r Jack Del Rio more flexibilit­y. Wildgoose also has the position flex the team covets, and Castro-fields provides depth at outside cornerback. But the starters are the core, and after a year together, they are confident their communicat­ion and experience will propel them to a higher level.

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